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July 25 - 27, 2016
Early Childhood Innovation Summit
The Next Generation of Ingenuity

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, July 25th, 2016

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Registration and Networking

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Welcome to the Innovation Summit!

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, NHSA
Joel Ryan, Executive Director, WSA

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Keynote: Making Innovation a Daily Reality

Kicking off the first-ever Early Childhood Innovation Summit, Jim Sorenson, a national leader in social impact innovation, will give an inspirational keynote focused on how you can ensure innovation is not a one-time endeavor, but a daily reality.

Jim Sorenson, Chairman, Sorenson Impact Foundation

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Innovators’ Studio Reception

Join us for this unique networking opportunity and hear from your peers about the innovative practices they have already made a reality.


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Innovation in Action

Nobody knows the challenges ECE faces better than Head Start programs. Find out how three progressive leaders found new ways to overcome obstacles and better meet the needs of children and families.

Sonja Alley, Program Supervisor, Washington Corrections Center
Jaymie Roswell, Early Head Start Site Manager, Puget Sound ESD
Erin Trenbeath-Murray, CEO, Utah Community Action

10:45 - 11:45 AM

The Building Blocks of Human-Centered Design

This engaging and interactive session will allow participants to experience and understand the fundamentals of human-centered design, and will introduce a simple framework that can be immediately applied to a range of challenges in early childhood education.

John Rousseau, Executive Director, Artefact

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch and the VR Experience

Take turns immersing yourself in Virtual Reality, a cutting edge technology that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Envisioning the EdTech Evolution through Virtual Reality

VR expert Gentry Lane will lead a discussion of the opportunities virtual reality presents for innovative social impact work - both in and out of the classroom.

Gentry Lane, Founder, TDO Productions

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Finding Funders’ Interests: How to Make your Proposals Pitch-Perfect

What types of projects do funders find interesting and how can you most effectively tell your story? Get the insider’s view of what topics are of interest, where funders can be found, and what kinds of pitches resonate the most.

Deborah Drake, Founder, Authentic Writing Provokes
Steve Leahy, Principal, Leahy Consulting
Janet Levinger, Partner, Social Venture Partners
Christine Stansfield, Officer, Community Programs, The Seattle Foundation
Susann Edmond, Donor Relations Manager, Child Care Resources

3:30 - 4:15 PM

Thinking Like a Product Innovator

Donna Kelley, Product Strategist at Adobe, will give insight into the creative solutions Adobe brings to digital experiences and how to foster a culture of exploration.

Donna Kelley, Product Strategy Consultant, Adobe

4:30 - 5:30 PM

How They Hacked it: Three Winning Head Start Pitches

Hear from the leaders of our 3 winning teams about the concepts and ideas developed during the first ever Head Start Hackathon as they pitch to a panel of funders who will give feedback and guidance. This session is an excellent case study in how to pitch your ideas to funders and learn what funders are looking for.

Chian Gong, Senior Associate, Reach Capitol
Isabelle Hau, Venture Partner, Omidyar Network
Joelle-Jude Fontaine, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Megan Wyatt, Managing Director, Bezos Family Foundation
Sheetal Singh, Design & Innovation Director, Early Learning Lab


Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Moneyball for Head Start

How can the concepts of the groundbreaking Moneyball for Head Start report be applied at the program level to support the development and measurement of innovation?

Robin Britt, Executive Director, Guilford Child Development
Jason Gortney, Director of the Office of Innovation and Policy, Children’s Home Society of Washington
Sara Mead, Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
Shelley Metzenbaum, Senior Fellow, Volcker Alliance

10:15 - 11:00 AM

From Good to Great via the Highway of Innovation

With so many resources and ideas for innovation, how can leaders build “right-fit” systems for organizational learning and innovation? This session surveys recent work on innovation in nonprofits, then builds on design thinking and “moneyball” approaches to help leaders create a resilient plan for organizational improvement.

Mary Kay Gugerty, University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Keynote: Social Entrepreneurship Innovation

Learn about innovative social enterprise models and the value propositions they represent to different categories of impact investors. Consider how your organization might develop revenue-generating business lines to increase financial sustainability.

Lisa Nitze, President, Social Venture Partners

12:00 - 1:15 PM